5 Christmas Decorating Ideas for Apartments Without Fireplaces

Don't worry if your apartment is lacking a fireplace. There are plenty of other places to hang your stockings before Santa comes.

Don’t worry if your apartment is lacking a fireplace. There are plenty of other places to hang your stockings before Santa comes.

The stockings were hung from the chimney with care,
But wait! There’s no fireplace! It’s just not there!

Fireplaces are kind of an important part of the holidays. You put all sorts of festive decorations on your mantel, including hanging your stockings for Santa to leave his goodies. Maybe you even roast chestnuts over the fire. And don’t forget the most important detail: Santa slides down the chimney! How else is he going to get inside to leave presents?

If you live in an apartment that doesn’t have a fireplace, the holidays can be a challenge. But don’t say “bah, humbug” just yet – there are plenty of alternative places to decorate if your abode is lacking a mantel.

1. Get a stand-alone stocking holder.

Stand-alone stocking holders are good alternatives to the mantel.

Stand-alone stocking holders are good alternatives to the mantel.

Yes, these exist. This simple metal or wooden frame includes hooks for you to hang stockings on Christmas Eve. Place it near a wall surrounded with other decorations – Santa can’t miss it!

2. Make use of a door frame.

An interior doorway can be used for more than hanging mistletoe. A couple of nails or adhesive hooks will do the trick if you want to hang those stockings in a prominent place. Just make sure the stockings don’t get too heavy after Santa comes, or you might damage the wall. If they’re too full, just put them on the floor. The kids will understand.

3. Hang them from a bedpost.

You’ll have to be super sneaky in order to not wake up a sleeping kiddo, but a stuffed stocking right on the bed would be a nice surprise when he or she first wakes up on Christmas morning.

4. Borrow some space on the bookcase.

Any horizontal space will do, really. Just place some stocking holders on the bookcase instead of a mantel and hang the stockings with care. You can even turn a shelf of your bookcase into a faux mantel, complete with garland, nutcrackers and other decorations.

5. Consider a curtain rod.

Again, be mindful of how heavy the stockings get after they’re full – you don’t want to damage the curtain rod or the wall. But this up-high spot can be a prime focal point in which to hang the Christmas stockings. Even better, if the curtains are open, your neighbors will get a glimpse of your festive decorations.

Time to get creative! Where else could you hang Christmas stockings besides the fireplace?

Unsure what to put in those stockings? Check out our handy gift guides:

Photo credits: Shutterstock / Sandra Cunningham; Flickr / MoToMo

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